From The Associated Press, Thursday, November 4, 2010:
The city of Anchorage is getting out of the home weatherization business.
The work can be done more efficiently by others, Mayor Dan Sullivan said Wednesday.
The city is withdrawing from the program at the end of March when its contract expires with the Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
Nonprofit organizations doing the work in other parts of Alaska will likely pick up the work in the city, AHFC Executive Director told the Anchorage Daily News. The Alaska Community Development Corp. and the Rural Alaska Community Action Program could gear up to handle Anchorage too.
In 2008 the Legislature approved $200 million for weatherization and $160 million for energy rebates.
The state is paying to caulk, replace furnaces and boilers, and otherwise improve the energy efficiency of 500 households in Anchorage and 7,000 more in the rest of Alaska this year, Fauske said.
The municipality has been administering the weatherization services in Anchorage since 2007 and employs 17 people in the program who are paid through a state grant.
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